Knight Without Armour (1937)





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Marlene Dietrich and Robert Donat star in this gripping melodrama about the Russian revolution, based on the novel by James Hilton. Donat plays A.J. Fothergill, a British interpreter in St. Petersburg who is ordered to leave Russia after writing an article that criticized the czar. Fothergill meets a British secret agent who can arrange for him to stay in Russia if he will agree to spy for England and monitor revolutionary groups trying to depose the czar. Fothergill infiltrates a group planning to kill Russian nobleman Vladinoff (Herbert Lomas); the radicals bomb Vladinoff's coach, but he and his daughter, Alexandra (Marlene Dietrich) escape unharmed. Fothergill is arrested and sent to Siberia. When the monarchy is deposed during the Russian Revolution in 1917, Alexandra is arrested by Communist forces and put on trial. Fothergill is freed from prison with his friend Axelstein (Basil Gill), and they are now revolutionary heroes. Alexandra must go to Petrograd to face trial and Fothergill is chosen to escort her. When they reach the train station, Fothergill discovers the White Army (fighting to restore the czar) is coming. He leads Alexandra to safety behind the White Army lines, but the Red Army has surrounded the city and Fothergill, smitten with Alexandra, rescues her again before the city is shelled. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Romance
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Marlene Dietrich
as Alexandra Vladinoff
Robert Donat
as Ainsley Fothergill
Herbert Lomas
as Gen. Gregor Vladinoff
Austin Trevor
as Col. Adraxine
Basil Gill
as Axelstein
David Tree
as Alexis Maronin
John Clements
as Poushkoff
Frederick Culley
as Stanfield
Lawrence Hanray
as Forrester
Hay Petrie
as Station Master
Miles Malleson
as Drunken Soldier
Lyn Harding
as Bargee
Raymond Huntley
as White Officer
Peter Bull
as Commissar
Lisa D'Esterre
as Czarina
Torin Thatcher
as Passport Official
Peter Evan Thomas
as Gen. Andreyevitch
Irene Vanbrugh
as Duchess of Zorin
Lawrence Baskcomb
as Commissar
Allan Jeayes
as White General
Evelyn Ankers
as Bit Part
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Critic Reviews for Knight Without Armour

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A big-budget sumptuous love-on-the-run adventure story, with the chaotic Russian revolution of 1917 in the background.

Full Review… | April 18, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Knight Without Armour

A Riches to Rags Story for a Russian Countess During the Russian Revolution.Filmed on a Grand Scale, Beautifully Stunning Cinematography.Her Palace & Wardrobe were so Elegant, till she had to flee.They striped her of everything, her only crime being a Widow & a Countess., but being a Lovely Person, even her former Servants didn't give her over to be put before the firing squad..This Film shows the Hardship that the Russian People endured during the Revolution.A very strong story & worthwhile Film.

Marilee Aschwanden
Marilee Aschwanden

goood stuff 6/24/2011 rewatch amazing cast in this melodrama about yep u got it-the russian revolution.

Gregory Wood
Gregory Wood

robert donat is in deep cover with russian revolutionaries and winds up in siberia. after two years he's released and made assistant to a commissar in the new soviet government. one of his first assignments is to accompany the beautiful countess alexandra to petrograd to stand trial. instead he tries to help her escape. full of romance and espionage; a terrific adventure story! a bit anti-communist but all in the service of making la dietrich look like a goddess ;)

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